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Club Notes - 6th February 2012

posted Feb 6, 2012, 2:06 AM by Unknown user

Adult Training

Training for all our adult players recommences next Friday 10th February at 7:30 PM in the GAA field. All players are asked to attend to get the season into full swing straight away & training will continue every Tuesday & Friday night & Sunday mornings for the entire season.

Social Tickets

Tickets for the upcoming joint social on the 10th March held by Rathgormack & Clonea GAA Clubs were issued last week & anyone who is interested in tickets can contact Noel Kirwan, 087-2271759 or Ciaran Fogarty, 086-1627544. We would urge people to purchase tickets as soon as possible as the numbers are limited. We would especially urge all players who will be receiving medals on the night to purchase tickets in the coming week. Tickets are priced at €25 each.

Transfers

We have three new players on board with us for the coming season. Johnny Kavanagh is re-joining us after a brief stint with John Mitchel’s. Mikey Halpin is also re-joining us after a couple of years with Kilsheelan, whom he won a Tipperary intermediate championship with in 2010. And Derry native, Cathal Crowch, who is working in the parish after attending Kildalton College for the last two years, also joins us for the coming year. Both Johnny & Cathal are eligible for our U21 side & we wish all three lads the best of luck for the year ahead & welcome them on board.

Mervyn Cummins

Our U21 Football manager, Mervyn Cummins, has been appointed as manager of the Waterford U21 Football team for the upcoming Munster Championship. Waterford will play in the Munster semi-final on the 28th March, away to the winners of the Kerry/Tipp quarter-final. Congratulations to Mervyn on his appointment & we wish him the best of luck in the upcoming campaign.

Defibrillator Training

With the club having purchased a new defibrillator for the dressing rooms late last year, we are now holding training for all team mentors & anyone else who is interested, to ensure that we can operate it properly in the event of an emergency. Training will go ahead in the community centre on the 6th & 14th February, with another date later in the month yet to be agreed, with 10 people being accommodated on each night. Anyone who is interested in attending, please contact Ger Kirwan, 086-1670834, or Tina O Brien, 087-2260991.

Nursery Program

The club will be launching our nursery programme for all under 5 & 6’s (Junior & Senior infants) in the coming week & notification will be sent to all boys in both Rathgormack & Clonea Schools with details of what is involved. Anyone in the parish who attends another school but is interested in getting involved can get details from the clubs coaching officer, Declan Hahessy, 087-2264550.

The Nursery programme is an initiative launch by Munster Council GAA in the last few years to help introduce children & their parents to their local GAA club with the emphasis on introducing the basics of the games to the children in a fun & welcoming environment & also getting the parents involved in assisting where they wish to do so.

U 7 to U 12 Football

These age groups will also be starting back with indoor training in the community centre in the next fortnight, which will continue till the end of March when we will move outdoors. Details will be given out to all boys through the schools when they are finalised.

Underage Football Championships

The underage football championships from U 13 to U 21 are all due to get underway before the end of February, with all of these championships tabled for completion by May. The poor weather at this time of the year makes it difficult to prepare teams properly, especially juveniles, & with all these teams back in training, as well as our adult players returning this week, & some of Comeragh Rangers Ladies Football teams back in action in the near future, this will put severe pressure on our playing surface as there is just not enough days in the week to accommodate every team & allow sufficient recovery time for the playing surface, when the weather is bad with no growth, as you would expect in January & February. This unsatisfactory situation, which was imposed upon all football clubs in the county by the Master Fixtures plan issued by the officials, does nothing to support the development of football in Waterford, & is nothing short of a disgrace. A similar situation was in place last year with the only difference being that the u16 championship was played in September & October.

We spoke out vehemently about the proposed plan at Bord Na Nog meetings & conventions, but unfortunately enough clubs were either not aware of or did not show sufficient concern in order to change the proposal. This fixture plan will also not be of any great benefit to the hurling clubs as their championships are also squeezed into a 5 or 6 week period, all be it between May & September when the weather would be considerably better. It is very hard for either hurling or football mentors to convince young players to train for 6 months for a maximum of 6 weeks of championship games, when they can play & train for soccer & rugby teams for 8 or 9 months, when training & matches go hand in hand. Fixtures like this play into the hands of other sports, & they may cause a serious decline in playing numbers for hurling & football clubs, particularly in urban areas. No one is saying that arranging fixtures is a straight forward operation with all the restrictions of county matches, exams etc., but once again we appear to be sacrificing the majority which are club players for the benefit of the minority, the county player. Until the GAA somehow address this, there are always going to be difficulties with club fixtures, but the clubs of Waterford, both football & hurling, & all GAA people who have the best intentions of their local juveniles at heart, cannot allow a fixture plan like this to be adopted in future years, & they must speak out & let their views be known throughout the coming months.

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